• Theatrical screenings with shortsTV

A list of US screening during Academy Awards nomination
(Each date marks the start date of the programs’ run)

01/29/2016 IFC Center 5 New York, NY
01/29/2016 Jacob Burns Film Center Pleasantville, NY
01/29/2016 Monica Film Center Santa Monica, CA
01/29/2016 South Coast Village 3 Santa Ana, CA
01/29/2016 Theatre N at Nemours Wilmington, DE
01/29/2016 Smith Rafael Film Center San Rafael, CA
01/29/2016 Rialto Cinemas 9 Sebastopol, CA
01/29/2016 Plimoth Cinema 2 Plymouth, MA
01/29/2016 CinemaSalem 3 Salem, MA
01/29/2016 Red River 3 Concord, NH
01/29/2016 Michigan Theater Ann Arbor, MI
01/29/2016 Camelview at Fashion Square Scottsdale, AZ
01/29/2016 Sundance Cinemas Seattle Seattle, WA
01/29/2016 Riverview Theatre Minneapolis, MN
01/29/2016 Nightlight Cinema Akron, OH
01/29/2016 Capitol Theatre 3 Cleveland, OH
01/29/2016 Sie Film Center Denver, CO
01/29/2016 Tivoli Theatre University City, MO
01/29/2016 Liberty Theatre Camas, WA
01/29/2016 Kiggins Vancouver, WA
01/29/2016 YES Cinemas Columbus, IN
01/29/2016 Carolina Theatre – Durham Durham, NC
01/29/2016 Criterion Cinemas 7 New Haven, CT
01/29/2016 Tivoli @ Manor Square Kansas City, MO
01/29/2016 Gateway Film Center 8 Columbus, OH
01/29/2016 Carolina Asheville 14 Asheville, NC
01/29/2016 Santikos Bijou Cinema Bistro 6 San Antonio, TX
01/29/2016 Lake Worth Playhouse Lake Worth, FL
01/29/2016 Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts Grand Rapids, MI
01/29/2016 Midtown Cinema 3 Harrisburg, PA
01/29/2016 The Screen Santa Fe, NM
01/29/2016 Oklahoma City Museum of Art Oklahoma City, OK
01/29/2016 Red Cinemas Midtown Stadium 15 Greensboro, NC
01/29/2016 Prytania Theatre New Orleans, LA
01/29/2016 Criterion Cinemas at Movieland Richmond, VA
01/29/2016 Pensacola Cinema Art Pensacola, FL
01/29/2016 New Neon Movies Dayton, OH
01/29/2016 Panida Theatre Sandpoint, ID
01/29/2016 Little Theatre Rochester, NY
01/29/2016 Sundance Cinemas Madison Madison, WI
01/29/2016 FilmScene Iowa City, IA
01/29/2016 Savoy Montpelier, VT
01/29/2016 Merrill’s Roxy Cinemas Burlington, VT
01/29/2016 Mary R. Ross Film Theater Lincoln, NE
01/29/2016 Peoria Theater 10 @ Landmark Peoria, IL
01/29/2016 Palm Cinema San Luis Obispo, CA
01/29/2016 Cinemas Palme D’Or 7 Palm Desert, CA
01/29/2016 Hippodrome – Gainesville Gainesville, FL
01/29/2016 Tin Pan Theater Bend, OR
01/30/2016 Claremont 5 Claremont, CA
01/30/2016 Playhouse 7 Cinemas Pasadena, CA
01/30/2016 Cape Ann Community Cinema Gloucester, MA
01/30/2016 O Cinema Miami Shores Miami Shores, FL
01/30/2016 Ryder Cinema Bloomington, IN
01/30/2016 Riviera Theatre Three Rivers, MI
01/30/2016 Zoetropolis Lancaster, PA
01/31/2016 Bethel Cinema 4 Bethel, CT
01/31/2016 The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX
02/03/2016 Martha’s Vineyard Film Center Vineyard Haven, MA
02/04/2016 Historic Howell Theatre Howell, MI
02/04/2016 Des Moines Art Center Des Moines, IA
02/05/2016 The ShowRoom Asbury Park, NJ
02/05/2016 Pelham Picture House Pelham, NY
02/05/2016 Nitehawk 3 Brooklyn, NY
02/05/2016 Music Box Chicago, IL
02/05/2016 Roxie San Francisco, CA
02/05/2016 Mountain Shadow Film Society Walnut Creek, CA
02/05/2016 Camera 3 San Jose, CA
02/05/2016 Coolidge Corner Theatre Brookline, MA
02/05/2016 Waters Edge Cinema Provincetown, MA
02/05/2016 West End Cinema Washington, DC
02/05/2016 Mary D. Fisher Theatre Sedona, AZ
02/05/2016 Apollo Theatre Oberlin, OH
02/05/2016 Crest Theatre Sacramento, CA
02/05/2016 Melwood Screening Room Pittsburgh, PA
02/05/2016 Hollywood Theatre Portland, OR
02/05/2016 Guild Albuquerque, NM
02/05/2016 Aperture Cinema Winston-Salem, NC
02/05/2016 Tallahassee Film Society / All Saints Cinema Tallahassee, FL
02/05/2016 Violet Crown Cinemas Austin, TX
02/05/2016 Cable Car Cinema Providence, RI
02/05/2016 Circle Cinema Tulsa, OK
02/05/2016 Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater Omaha, NE
02/05/2016 Mindframe 6 Dubuque, IA
02/05/2016 Amherst Cinema Arts Center 3 Amherst, MA
02/05/2016 Bijou Art Cinema Eugene, OR
02/05/2016 Art Mission Theatre Binghamton, NY
02/05/2016 Gold Town Nickelodeon Juneau, AK
02/06/2016 ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks Bethlehem, PA
02/06/2016 Detroit Institute of Art Detroit, MI
02/06/2016 Belmont University Johnson Center Nashville, TN
02/06/2016 Cinema Falls. A Destination for Film Sioux Falls, SD
02/07/2016 Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center Patchogue, NY
02/07/2016 Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, MA
02/08/2016 Fairfield Theatre Company Fairfield, CT
02/08/2016 Center for the Arts-University of S. Carolina Beaufort, SC
02/09/2016 Grand Cinema 4- Tacoma Tacoma, WA
02/09/2016 Silverspot 13 at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
02/09/2016 Silverspot 12 Cinemas at Mercato Naples, FL
02/09/2016 Cornell Cinema Ithaca, NY
02/09/2016 Thalian Hall Wilmington, NC
02/10/2016 Gaslight Twin Durango, CO
02/10/2016 Animas 10 Farmington, NM
02/10/2016 Allen Cineport 10 Las Cruces, NM
02/10/2016 Galaxy 8 Roswell, NM
02/10/2016 Magic Lantern Cinemas Ketchum, ID
02/11/2016 DeBartolo Performing Arts Center/Browning Cin Notre Dame, IN
02/11/2016 The Loft Cinema Tucson, AZ
02/12/2016 GoggleWorks Film Theatre Reading, PA
02/12/2016 Colonial Theatre Phoenixville, PA
02/12/2016 Salem Cinema Salem, OR
02/12/2016 Real Art Ways Cinema Hartford, CT
02/12/2016 Tower Theatre Salt Lake City, UT
02/12/2016 Amelia Musical Playhouse Fernandina Beach, FL
02/12/2016 Maiden Alley Paducah, KY
02/12/2016 Nickelodeon Columbia, SC
02/12/2016 Art Theatre Champaign, IL
02/12/2016 State Cinema 1&2 Traverse City, MI
02/12/2016 Fresno Filmworks c/o Tower Theatre Fresno, CA
02/12/2016 ACME Lambertville, NJ
02/13/2016 Avon Twin Theatre Stamford, CT
02/13/2016 Luna Theater at Mill No. 5 Lowell, MA
02/13/2016 Lakewood Ranch 6 Bradenton, FL
02/14/2016 Nevada Theatre Nevada City, CA
02/15/2016 Bear Tooth Theatre Anchorage, AK
02/16/2016 Randall 16 Batavia, IL
02/16/2016 Kendall 10 Oswego, IL
02/16/2016 Portage 16 Portage, IN
02/16/2016 Quality 16 Ann Arbor, MI
02/16/2016 Canton Cinema 7 Canton Township, MI
02/16/2016 Pavilion Cinemas 8 Brownsburg, IN
02/16/2016 Hamilton 16 Imax Noblesville, IN
02/16/2016 Grand Haven 9 Grand Haven, MI
02/16/2016 Holland 7 Holland, MI
02/16/2016 Kalamazoo 10 Kalamazoo, MI
02/16/2016 Bay City 8 Bay City, MI
02/16/2016 Quality 10 Saginaw, MI
02/16/2016 Frontier Cafe Brunswick, ME
02/16/2016 Savoy 16 Savoy, IL
02/16/2016 Jackson 10 Jackson, MI
02/16/2016 Willow Knolls 14 Peoria, IL
02/16/2016 Forum 8 Columbia, MO
02/16/2016 Capital 8 Jefferson City, MO
02/16/2016 Eastside 10 Lafayette, IN
02/16/2016 Wabash Landing W. Lafayette, IN
02/16/2016 Sidewalk Film Festival Birmingham, AL
02/17/2016 Lake Placid Center for the Arts Lake Placid, NY
02/17/2016 Catamount Film & Arts Ctr St. Johnsbury, VT
02/17/2016 Hamilton Movie Theatre Hamilton, NY
02/18/2016 Rialto Theater Loveland, CO
02/18/2016 Camelot Theatre 3 Palm Springs, CA
02/19/2016 Syndicated Bar Theater Kitchen Brooklyn, NY
02/19/2016 University of Miami, Bill Cosford Cinema Coral Gables, FL
02/19/2016 International Film Series Boulder, CO
02/19/2016 Fountain Theatre Mesilla, NM
02/19/2016 Oklahoma City Museum of Art Oklahoma City, OK
02/19/2016 Little Cinema – Berkshire Museum Pittsfield, MA
02/19/2016 Waterhouse Foods Lake Mills, WI
02/20/2016 Texas Theatre Dallas, TX
02/20/2016 Clover Theatre Cloverdale, CA
02/20/2016 Peace Center for the Performing Arts Greenville, SC
02/20/2016 Wichita Public Library Wichita, KS
02/20/2016 Cincinnati World Cinema Southgate, KY
02/20/2016 Harwood Museum of Art Taos, NM
02/21/2016 Cabot Performing Arts Center Beverly, MA
02/21/2016 Cinematique of Daytona Daytona Beach, FL
02/21/2016 Henry Carter Hull Library Clinton, CT
02/21/2016 Towne Watertown, WI
02/21/2016 Studio on the Square 5 Memphis, TN
02/21/2016 State Theatre State College, PA
02/21/2016 Alamo Drafthouse Lubbock 8 Lubbock, TX
02/22/2016 Colonial Keene Keene, NH
02/22/2016 Sandy Springs 8 Atlanta, GA
02/24/2016 Peace Center for the Performing Arts Greenville, SC
02/24/2016 Smith Opera House Geneva, NY
02/24/2016 Normal Theatre Normal, IL
02/24/2016 Wright Opera House Ouray, CO
02/25/2016 Trenton Film Society Trenton, NJ
02/26/2016 Egyptian Theatre Hollywood, CA
02/26/2016 Alamo Drafthouse Cinema 8-Winchester Winchester, VA
02/26/2016 The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX
02/26/2016 Park City Film Series Park City, UT
02/26/2016 Fredricksen Library Camp Hill, PA
02/27/2016 Frederick Film Festival Frederick, MD
02/28/2016 Underdog Film Festival Upper Montclair, NJ
03/02/2016 Plaza De Oro Santa Barbara, CA
03/12/2016 Doris Duke Theatre Honolulu, HI
When Bill Babbitt realizes his brother Manny has committed a crime he agonizes over his decision- should he call the police? Last Day of Freedom, a richly animated personal narrative, tells the story of Bill’s decision to stand by his brother in the face of war, crime and capital punishment. The film is a portrait of a man at the nexus of the most pressing social issues of our day – veterans’ care, mental health access and criminal justice

• Nominee, Best Short Documentary Subject, The 88th Academy Awards 2016

— With our classmates, L-R:
Documentary (Short Subject) nominees Jerry Franck and Courtney Marsh, “Chau, Beyond the Lines”, Adam Benzine, “Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah”, Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman, “Last Day of Freedom”, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness” and Bryn Mooser and David Darg, “Body Team 12”prior to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Oscar Week: DOCUMENTARIES event on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

• Winner, an Emmy Award

News and Program Specialty: Documentary -Topical at the 45th Annual Northern California Area Emmy® Awards

• HOW / WHERE TO WATCH THE FILM


• NETFLIX US

• Direct link:  Netflix (US)

Institutional Purchase or Sale

• Grasshopper Film

International distribution

• SND Films


• What they’re saying…

… The most idiosyncratic and moving documentary, rendered in black-and-white line drawing, is the agonizing story of Manny Babbitt […]  As directed by Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman, Mr. Babbitt’s story is told by his brother Bill, who had to decide whether to cover for his brother or turn him in. It will break your heart.
New York Times

My personal favorite of these five shorts, Last Day of Freedom is a real outlier among not only the nominees this year, but also most nominees in this category’s history in being animated. […] On top of that, the Academy could hardly choose a more topical winner in the wake of the prominence of Black Lives Matter and our criminal justice system in the American political dialogue.
AwardsCircuits

… The standout in the documentary category is the animated “Last Day of Freedom.” An African-American named Bill Babbitt is portrayed in simply drawn lines as he tells the story of his brother, Manny, who served in Vietnam and received a Purple Heart, only to be executed later on for murder after his PTSD went untreated. The film is not only timely in its example of both the military’s neglect of battle-worn soldiers and racial injustice (“Brother, these are good cops,” Bill had told Manny), but Bill is also a wonderful storyteller, keeping you engaged with his emotional and nearly poetic recollections. And then, well after he wins you over, additional facts revealed before the closing credits will break your heart.
The Wrap
I would put my money on this film at least as one of the five nominations to be announced on January 14. As far as I can see so far, it should be the winner.
IndieWIRE Sydneys’ Buzz

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• Trailer

• Upcoming Events/ news —

• BACK AT FULL FRAME! 
We’re excited to be in the thematic program, for Full Frames’ 20th anniversary.

Screenings:
Friday, April 7 — 7:50 pm Cinema 2
Saturday, April 8 — 4:50 pm Cinema 2

Carolina Theater
Durham, NC

• Last Day of Freedom won several  SIMA awards:
Best Directors, Best Editing, and Stylistic Achievement Award:


Documentary Short category

Social Impact Media Award


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• Support

Creative Work Fund, Cal Humanities, Center for Cultural Innovation, University of California Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA), Left Tilt Fund, UC Santa Cruz Art Research Institute, San Francisco Arts Commission, UCSC Committee on Research, Pacific Pioneer Fund, Embrey Family Foundation


• A ‘making of’ video

For a complete ‘behind-the-scene’ video and article, see this link to indieWIRE

 

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• Festivals

(Partial list)

• Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
Durham NC. April 2015
AWARDS:
Best Short Jury Award and The Filmmakers Award

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• (In)Justice for All Film Festival,
Chicago IL. April 2015
AWARDS: Justice for All Impact Award
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• Newport Beach Film Festival
Newport Beach, CA. April 2015
STEP BY SHORT STEP program

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• SF Doc Fest,
San Francisco CA. June 2015
Rotoscopia Shorts program
Q&A with Bill Babbitt – short video coming soon!
AWARDS: Best Short Audience Award
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• Flickers: Rhode Island international Film Festival
Shorts Program: The Abyss Stares Back, Paff Theatre at URI,
Aug 7, 2015
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• Raindance Film Festival London UK
Monday, September 28, 18:20 at Vue Piccadilly
Short Program #10 – Nova Express
AWARDS: Nominated for Best Animated Short
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• The Hamptons International Film Festival
Part of Films of Conflict & Resolution presented by the Tribeca ShortlistAWARDS: Best Short Documentary Award
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• Bar Harbor Film Festival, Maine October 9-11, 2015
Program 6: The Individual & Society Socio-Political Documentary
AWARDS: Best Animated Documentary Award

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• Tallgrass Film Festival, 
Beyond the News Sun, Oct 18 9:00
AWARDS: Golden Strand Award for Outstanding Documentary Short
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• DOK LEIPZIG (Germany)  October-November 2015 Screenings dates: Wednesday, 10/28, 13:00, Passage Kinos, Astoria Friday, 10/30, 22:00, Passage Kinos Wintergarten Sunday, 11/1,  15:30, Cinémathèque Leipzig
AWARDS: Honorable Mention – Golden Dove International Competition Animated Documentary Award
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 St. Louis International Film Festival
Doc Shorts: Animation
Nov 9 at 5:00 PM  
Tivoli 3
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• Atlanta International Documentary Film Festival
Life Altering Events: Documentary Shorts Program
Friday, November 20th, dooGallery, Atlanta GAAWARDS:
Best Experimental Documentary Short
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 Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival
Sunday Nov 15 at 11:00 AM
Cornerstone Arts Center, Richard F. Celeste Theater
825 N. Cascade Ave Colorado SpringsCO
Irvine International Film Festival
January 21st, 4PM, 2016
Laguna Hills Mall Cinema
Honorable Mention Best Documentary Short Award
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• Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
Feb 19-28 Missoula, Montana
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• DC Independent Film Festival
Sunday March 6th, 2016
AWARDS: Best Short Documentary Short
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• EPOS International Art Film Festival,
Tel Aviv, ISRAEL March 2016
• Monadnock International Film Festival (MONIFF)
Friday – April 15, 2016 7:00 PM, Colonial Theater
Saturday – April 16, 2016 Panel: Documentaries
1:00 PM, Hannah Grimes Center, Keene, NH
Doc Edge, New Zealand
Wellington NZ May 4-15
Auckland NZ May 18-29
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 • Gdansk DocFilm Festival
June 23- 26
Screening details:
6/23/2016 9:15 PM
Europejskie Centrum Solidarności
Gdansk, Poland
• ANIMIX, 16th Israel Animation, Comix & Caricature Festival
Tel Aviv, Israel
Screenings on August 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th
Cinematheque Tel Aviv
• Odense International Film Festival (OFF16)
August 29- September 4
Multiple screening, Animation 1 Program
Odense, Denmark
• Lincoln Film Festival
Lincoln, NE
October 15&16, 2016
• UNAFF – United Nationals International Film festival
October 26, 2016
Palo Alto, CA
• Chagrin Documentary Film Festival
October 5, 2016Award: Best Documentary Short
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• Conferences

 Documentary 2015: Origins and Inventions
The Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) Duke University Durham, NC
Last Day of Freedom screening and a panel,  Friday, 11/20
Couldn’t be more excited to be back in Durham, for CDS’s 25th anniversary!
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• Questioning Aesthetics Symposium: Prisons & Art
California College of Art, Oakland, CA
April 28, 2016
Co-Sponsored by the California College of Art &
the Transdisciplinary Aesthetics Foundation
QAS-Prisons & Art is also a Pre-Conference Event
for the 2016 Open Engagement Conference on “Power,”
Oakland Museum of California
• INPUT TV
Television in the Public interest (conference)
Calgary, Canada
Screening: May 12, Session: Me, Myself and Eye
Calgary Convention Centre.
120 9 Ave SE, Calgary , Canada
• Alliance 2016 – NAMAC

Friday, June 10, 2016
The Art of Open Mind
Marriott Conference Center,
Oakland, CA

• Reproducing Reality: Animation and Documentary

Thursday 30 June 2016, 7:00 PM
Frontline Club
13 Norfolk Place, London W2 1QJ England

• Exploring Public Art Practices – Kenneth Rainin Foundation
Saturday, September 10, 2016, 1–6 PM
Oakland Museum of California (OMCA),
James Moore Theater, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland
• Directors Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman delivered the opening keynote speech at
Northwestern University Community for Human Right conference
Thursday, January 12th at 7:30pm
Norhwestern University
Evanston, IL

• Exhibition

 • Voices
Kala Art Institute
Opening reception: Thursday, October 22, at 6:00pm – 8:00pm
2990 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, California 94702
Prints and videoexcerpts from Last Day of Freedom and Living Condition
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• Over 30,000 drawings • Inspiration • One exceptional storyteller •

Last Day of Freedom – behind the scenes

To read more about this process – see full article on IndieWIRE, originally published on October 1, 2015

With many thanks to BAVC’s production team for helping out with this clip.

• Media

IDA Laurels_Bestshort 2015

Best Short Film, the 31st Annual IDA Documentary Awards

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RADIO

• Movie Interviews: NPR Weekend Edition
In Animated, Oscar-Nominated Doc, A Man Turns His Brother In For Murder
February 27, 2016, Karen Michel

• KALW- Cross Currents interview

Oscar-nominated documentary looks at life after the death penalty
Feb 11, 2016

• Forum, KQED Friday Edition
• An Agonizing Decision in Oscar-Nominated ‘Last Day of Freedom’Fri, Feb 5, 2016

• Andrea Chase – radio interview
Killer Movie reviews, Behind the scenes with Andrea Chase
January 11, 2016

• Interview with Mike Kaspar
Film School Radio
January 8, 2016

Filmmakers interview for the California Report Magazine, NPR
(Originally aired Friday, October 9, 2015)

WRITTEN

• #Cinelove: 2015’s Memorable Documentary
Karen Cirillo, Docuphile
January 6th, 2016

• Oscar Shortlisted Doc Short ‘Last Day of Freedom’ is a Gentle Animated Look at Complex Issues
Sydney Levine – Sydneys’ Buzz|| IndieWIRE
December 31, 2015

• Animated short ‘Last Day of Freedom’ in contention for Academy Award
Matthew Carey nonfictionfilms.com,
December 13, 2015

•The Animated Movies of 2015: What a Trip
Christopher Campbell, Film School Rejects
December 10, 2015

• This Animated Documentary Won the IDA Award for Best Short
Paula Bernstein, Filmmakers Magazine,
December 8, 2015

• Watch: ‘Last Day of Freedom’ Is a Searing Study of Our Most Pressing Social Issues
Matt Brennan | Thompson on Hollywood! IndieWIRE
December 8, 2015

• Documentary Awards: ‘The Look Of Silence’ ‘Last Day Of Freedom’, ‘Listen To Me Marlon’ Win IDA Nods
By Kinsey Lowe, Deadline.com
December 5, 2015

• A bold decision to animate
Michael Ordoña, San Francisco Chronicle, (and a link to PDF version)
December 2, 2015

Race, Representation, and Rotoscoping: An interview
Emma Miller for Full Frame and The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University

• Battle Scars: Military Veterans and the Death Penalty
Death Penalty Information Center, November 2015


IndieWIRE article, Behind-the-scene clip

October 1, 2015: Watch: Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Clip From Award-Winning Short ‘Last Day of Freedom’

 • Press/ Resources

From Equal Justice USA –
Death penalty documentary garners Oscar buzz
Eleni Angelides, 10/29/2015


Fusion on Last Day of Freedom
Documentary on race, class and death penalty makes Oscar shortlist
By Jorge Rivas,October 27, 2015

Story of an Execution Becomes Art in ‘Last Day of Freedom’
On KQED Truly CA website
• About KQED Truly CA

• Quotes

… The most idiosyncratic and moving documentary, rendered in black-and-white line drawing, is the agonizing story of Manny Babbitt […]  As directed by Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman, Mr. Babbitt’s story is told by his brother Bill, who had to decide whether to cover for his brother or turn him in. It will break your heart.
New York Times

...The closest to a work of art itself is “Last Day of Freedom,” which uses rotoscoped animation to enrich a heartbroken man’s personal narrative about his post traumatic stress disorder-suffering Vietnam vet brother, the crime he committed, and the decision that sealed his brother’s fate. Tinged with a loved one’s regret, haunted by the societal forces of neglect and misunderstanding, it’s a quietly devastating work from first-time filmmakers Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman.
Los Angeles Times

My personal favorite of these five shorts, Last Day of Freedom is a real outlier among not only the nominees this year, but also most nominees in this category’s history in being animated. […] On top of that, the Academy could hardly choose a more topical winner in the wake of the prominence of Black Lives Matter and our criminal justice system in the American political dialogue.
AwardsCircuits

…And in year of #OscarsSoWhite, that Last Day of Freedom also comes with a #BlackLivesMatter subtext makes this one seem like a slam-dunk […] blisteringly attests to the inhumanity of the death penalty and the legal system’s racial bias, and through a dexterous use of animation that reflects Babbitt’s existential anguish.
Slant Magazine Review

… The standout in the documentary category is the animated “Last Day of Freedom.” An African-American named Bill Babbitt is portrayed in simply drawn lines as he tells the story of his brother, Manny, who served in Vietnam and received a Purple Heart, only to be executed later on for murder after his PTSD went untreated. The film is not only timely in its example of both the military’s neglect of battle-worn soldiers and racial injustice (“Brother, these are good cops,” Bill had told Manny), but Bill is also a wonderful storyteller, keeping you engaged with his emotional and nearly poetic recollections. And then, well after he wins you over, additional facts revealed before the closing credits will break your heart.
The Wrap

l love “Last Day of Freedom.” It boasts beauty and importance equally, and at the same time, pulses at an excruciating pace. Talisman and Hibbert-Jones breathe palpable empathy into their animation, and Babbitt’s internal conflict feels as real as the societal problems it reflects
The Observer

… Last Day of Freedom is a gem of a documentary both in style and content. Directors Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman use bare-bones animation to tell this story in a surprisingly evocative way
Santa Fe New Mexican

Of the five films, the 32-minute “Last Day of Freedom” makes the biggest creative departure
LA Biz Journal

The Documentary nominees are also naturally very issues-oriented, though the use of animation to tell a tragic, true story about crime, punishment and PTSD makes Last Day of Freedom especially intriguing
The Chicagoist

For any regular Netflix head, it is hard not to notice the number of viewers focused on shows circulating around incarceration and the criminal justice system. Perhaps this is attributed to the growing success of the Black Lives Matter movement or from decades of activists’ work to eliminate jails. Whatever the cause, shows exploring the flaws of the criminal justice system, like Making a Murderer, are growing in popularity, but none can be more compelling or righteous than the Last Day of Freedom […] Despite what one thinks of the death penalty, this is not a movie to miss.
Samantha Alsina, ULoop

And while there has been much furor over the lack of Blacks in this year’s Oscar line-up, “Last Day of Freedom” has been nominated as Best Documentary Short Subject. It covers the tragic story of Black Veteran Manny Babbitt and his downward spiral after serving time in Vietnam.
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, MSJ, Chicago Crusader,

WATCHING “Last Day of Freedom” by Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman — a powerful animated documentary film that’s driven by the most haunting interview with the brother of a man who was executed at San Quentin prison in California.
Nikki Silva of The Kitchen Sisters New York Times

Last Day of Freedom, 32 mins., rotoscoped hand-drawn animated film in black and white with voiceover narration. This Best Documentary Short Oscar nominee is innovative, artful, emotionally powerful, and politically significant and not surprisingly many critics seem consider it the favorite.
Crish Knipp, Filmleaf

As the audience listens enraptured and dreading the outcome, the medium allows a distance between the story and the listener which is needed in order to absorb every detail, and one does not want to miss a word.
I would put my money on this film at least as one of the five nominations to be announced on January 14. As far as I can see so far, it should be the winner.
IndieWIRE Sydneys’ Buzz

Last Day of Freedom

Produced and Directed by Dee Hibbert-Jones & Nomi Talisman

Executive Producers
Vivian Kleiman
Pamela Harris
Corey Tong
Alex Austin

Associate Producer
Penelope Wong

Principal cinematography
Nomi Talisman

Editing, Key Animation and Design
Dee Hibbert-Jones Nomi Talisman

Consulting Editor
Robert Arnold

Consulting Editor and Story Advisor
Elizabeth Finlayson

Production Consultant
Marcia Jarmel

Animators
Nicole Chu
Tony Coleman
Olivia Healy-Mirkovich
Teresa Richardson

Additional Animation
• Rafael Antonio Arana • Haley Jensen • Jennifer Panush • Dylan Parsi-Almeida • Anna Perez Lopez
• Mauricio Ramirez • Amanda Ross • Leah Stemman • Will Ward • Dmitri Zurita

Original Music Composed and Preformed by
Fred Frith

Music Recording and Mix
Myles Boysen Guerilla Recording Oakland, CA

Sound Design and Mix
Jeremiah Moore

Dialogue Editing
Andrew Roth

Technical Consultant
Adam Gerardin

Transcription
Julie Lagarde

Legal representation
The Austin Law Group

Archival footage
The Internet Archive
Sacramento Union Archives Special Collections, University of California Davis

Additional Assistance
Greta Albog-Volper • Richard Desanto • Jacob Eades • Scott French
• Joshua Hurwirtz • Will Lee • Maya Manvi • Augustus Thompson

Advisors
Mona Cadena
Troy Duster
Amie Fishman
Craig Haney
David Onek
Susan Rutberg
Austin Sarat
Nancy Stoller
Michael Thompson
Estrus Tucker
Patricia J. Williams
Frank Zimring

Special Thanks To
• Jonathan Archer • Sara Bolder • Lisa Kleiner Chanoff • Laurie Coyle
• Janeil Engelstad• Jen Gilomen • Abby Ginzberg • Marcia Jarmel • Tim Kochis
• John Lightfoot• Perrin Meyer • Katya Min • Laura Nix • Michela Leslie-Rule
• Ken Schneider• Beate Ross Smith • Lara Spengler • Michael Trigilio
• Lewis Watts • Julie Wyman • Ana Zamora • Elizabeth Zitrin

Special thanks for their support
Inclusive PR – Mickey Cottrell, John McAvoy
Larsen Associates – Karen Larsen, Vince Johnson
Adam J. Segal The 2050 Group

Special thanks for their support and generosity
KQED Truly CA team – Lisa Landi, Katie Koskenmaki and Aldo Mora-Blanco

Our grateful thanks to Community Resource Initiative & Scarlet Nerad

This project was made possible with support from Cal Humanities, in partnership with the NEH.
Experience more at www.calhum.org

Supported by

The Center for Cultural Innovation Investing in the Artist Grant

The Creative Work Fund (a program of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation,
& the James Irvine Foundation)

The Embrey Family Foundation

Left Tilt Fund

Pacific Pioneer Fund

San Francisco Arts Commission Artist Fund

The University of California Institute for Research in the Arts

The University of California Santa Cruz Art Research Institute

UCSC Arts Dean’s Research Fund & the Arts Dean’s Excellence Fund

UCSC Committee on Research Grant

The Zitrin Family Foundation

Web development PigIron thanks to Julian Fann

With thanks to our Fiscal Sponsor Bay Area Video Coalition

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Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman

© Living Condition LLC 2015

To support us – you can one-click donate (Paypal) through our fiscal sponsor, Bay Area Video Coalition (tax deductible). You can link to the fiscal sponsorship page
Alternatively, you can send BAVC a check (with a note to apply it to Living Condition/ Last Day of Freedom) at:
Bay Area Video Coalition
2727 Mariposa Street, 2nd Floor
San Francisco CA 94110

You donation will cover the following:

• Support production of interviews with individuals impacted by the death penalty
• Support interviews with experts about issues covered in Last Day of Freedom: Criminal Justice, Veteran Care, Access to mental health services and more
• Animation for these additional stories, to be included on Living Condition site
• Developer/ programmer to work on the expanded project
• Allow the filmmakers to devote time to production
• Partnering with organization that support work in communities, screenings with call for action and more.

We also have a limited edition prints from Last Day of Freedom for sale. Please contact us for details, and list of images available

— Please contact us with any question and suggestion!

• Awards

• Nominee, Best Short Documentary Subject, The 88th Academy Awards 2016

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• International Documentary Association (IDA) -Best Short

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•  45th Annual Northern California Area Emmy® Award:  News and Program Specialty -Documentary-Topical

• SIMA – Social Impact Media Award: Best Directors, Best Editing and The Stylistic Achievement Award

• Hollywood International independent Documentary Awards, April 2016 Edition

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• 2015 Platinum Award Winner of the Spotlight Documentary Film Awards

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• Finalist, Documentary Short, 59th Cine Eagle Award.

• FILMMAKERS RECOGNITION:

• John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, Film (2016)

Gideon Award, California Public Defenders Association

• The 2016 Veterans Braintrust Award, United States Congressional Black Caucus

• FESTIVALS:

About the awards:
• Full Frame Jury Award for Best Short

The Jury, J. Christian Jensen, Yael Melamede, and Nicole Triche, stated, “This film demonstrates and reminds us of the simple power and intimacy of the human voice. It interweaves different visual styles of animation and engages the audience fully in an increasingly fraught tale that ultimately presents the supreme cost of doing the right thing.”

• The Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Documentaries shine when they show us fresh, relevant, meaningful ways to understand, and reflect upon, ourselves and the world.

Most start with pictures of reality, sounds of existence. These signals in the atmosphere of what we see, hear, and feel – are exterior signs, documented and shared. Yet as we dig deeper, it’s the interior life that animates our questions, our creative explorations, our theories about what matters and how we know things to be so. And the challenges of documenting these quiet or raging or dissonant places inside the heart and mind are ever present in our field.

The CDS Filmmaker Award this year goes to a film that wades with boldness and generosity of spirit and innovativeness in filmmaking into these waters. For how DO you document memory, something that lives primarily in the brain and heart? What are the primary documents to draw from? Where is the imprint in the field? These are pressing questions, hardly new but presently interesting in a digital age when new analog artifacts are fewer in number and scarcer in practice.

Our award this year goes to a filmmaker team who found a new and captivating way to merge past and present, to transform a conventional first-person interview, to convey trauma and tragedy without pigeon-holing people by class or race, and indeed to ask if something so intensely personal can ever be represented visually, really, at all. The CDS Filmmaker Award focuses on the artistic hand and craft of the filmmaker, and this year that is perhaps more literally true that years past, opening up possibilities for our imaginative documenting of both our outer and our interior lives, and the sharing of these experiences with others. There is a powerful line in the film, about war veterans, PTSD, the American criminal injustice system, family bonds, the death penalty,  ‘We all have blood on our hands now…we’re all part of this experiment.’ Indeed we are, and in honor of how this film acts as a catalyst for self-reflection, creating space for a reconsideration of what we think we know of the world and our place in it… we are happy to present the 2015 CDS Filmmaker Award to a magnificent experiment in documenting the deeply important terrain of our memories and our personal stake in the world, Last Day of Freedom, by Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman.

Wesley Hogan
Director, Center for Documentary Studies

About Last Day of Freedom Awards (press)
Best Short Documentary – TallGrass Film Festival
In a Snapshot
Hamptons International Film Festival (Best Short Documentary Award)
Indiezone.TV (Full Frame)
EDN (Full Frame)
Film Babble Blog (Full Frame)

• Directors Statement:
Last Day of Freedom began when Nomi came home with stories from her (then) day job working as a media specialist for a non-profit doing mitigation work for trials on capital cases. She described families struggling to manage feelings of shock, shame and fear after their loved ones were accused of a capital crime. Innocent family members trying to see the truth and understand what went wrong. We asked those families to tell their stories, to describe perspectives that are rarely, if ever heard.

We imagined back then almost four years ago that we would make a video installation exploring multiple families’ experiences, for exhibition in museums and galleries as we had done before. Then we met Bill, hearing his story we suddenly knew we had to make a linear documentary, to tell his complex and painful story of war veterans, PTSD, racism, the failures in the American criminal injustice system, family bonds and the death penalty.­

Initially we chose animation to retain the anonymity of several early storytellers, but as time went on and our film focused on Bill’s story we realized the power of animation to open up new perspectives. We wanted to bring viewers intimately close to Bill, to witness each tear and wrinkle, to evoke metaphors of loss and isolation, and document both the outer and interior lives of his remarkable, and terrible story. There are 32 thousand drawings in Last Day of Freedom, this project took longer than any other project we have undertaken, involved more drawing, edits, rewrites and generous support than anything we have ever created. It is, to date the work we are proudest of. We are deeply grateful to Bill Babbitt for his openness, love and generosity in sharing his story. And also to the other families we interviewed, we are still in the process of creating a site for their stories.

Dee Hibbert-Jones & Nomi Talisman
July 2015
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• Bios Co-Producers/ Co-Directors:
Dee Hibbert-Jones & Nomi Talisman are artist/filmmakers who tell stories that bring to life larger issues of criminal justice and civic responsibility. Their work investigates the ways individuals manage power systems from the mundane to the extreme. They blend animation and documentary forms to challenge entrenched attitudes and move beyond dehumanizing statistics, engendering empathy and critical reflection. The filmmaker team created all key animations on the 32 thousand drawings in Last Day of Freedom. Their collaborative film and media projects have been exhibited and screened in Europe, Israel, Japan and the U.S. in museums and international festivals such as Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Art in General (NYC), The Israeli Center for Digital Art, Tokyo Zokei Museum and international screenings and exhibitions in the US, Canada, Japan, Israel and Europe. Their recent grants and awards include Cal Humanities Documentary Grant, MacDowell Colony Fellowship, Center for Cultural Innovation Award, Pacific Pioneer Fund, Creative Work Fund Grant, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Award & Residency, NEA project award and BAVC Media Maker Fellowship. Their current film project Last Day of Freedom won the Jury Award for Best Short at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival this year – a coveted award for the top short subject documentary. The film also won the Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award at Full Frame, then received the Justice for All Award at the (In) Justice Film Festival and most recently the audience award at SF Doc Fest. Dee is an Associate Professor of Art & New Media at the University of California Santa Cruz. Nomi is a freelance editor and media specialist. Born in the UK and Israel respectively they now live in San Francisco. This is their first documentary film.
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